Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 559 reviews

Santa Margarita River Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fallbrook, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
511 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

I-15 N to Fallbrook exit. Take Mission Rd. 5 mi. E; turn N onto Pico Ave. (becomes De Luz Rd.). Continue 2.4 mi.; go R @ fork onto Sandia Creek Dr. N. Parking area is in 1 mi. (just before bridge); trailhead is E of lot.

1 day ago

Loved this trail. It is predominantly flat, and an easy hike. easy access to streams, lots of shade. brought our dog, she loved it. Is a well trafficked and we'll maintained trail. Will definetly go again. dog friendly

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12 days ago

Nice scenery. Definitely one I️ would recommend you exploring. Has many hidden little paths to explore

It was beautiful and so much shade! Had a great time!

Nice Sunday afternoon walk with plenty of options on both sides of the river, but watch your step, dog and horse sh... everywhere! For some reason it is too hard for the owner to clean up after their pet.

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22 days ago

Fun hike, with lots of shade.

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25 days ago

There were a couple of ledges at the beginning that were a little dicey with two 55+ lb dogs on a double leash, but we were able to navigate them and will definitely be back! We met a quite a few new dog friends, and only one was unleashed but his human quickly put his leash on when he saw us coming. The humans we met along the way were friendly and kind as well. There was a decent amount of human and dog traffic, which I had hoped for as a solo hiker, but not so much traffic it felt crowded.

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25 days ago

Great hike, very pretty!!

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I agree with a couple of the other reviews that this is not a moderate trail, I would consider this an easy trail. There are trail markers but I would note that at the view point crossing sign go left unless you just want the higher view point then go right but it is just a viewpoint. When you go left you will come to the edge of the river and the trail continues on the other side. Please note there is no bridge or rocks to hop across so be prepared to get wet. The deepest point was about 25" when we crossed. Keep an eye out for crawdads, fish and frogs. The first part of this hike is well shaded by many trees, after you cross the river there is not much shade but look for the plaque and the modern drawing on the large rock just beyond the plaque. Very fun beautiful hike but would not do this during the cold months, do to the water crossing.

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